Cat lovers know that our feline friends are always seeking out the heat. All year long you can count on your cats to find warm spots in the home. They love laundry fresh out of the dryer, sun-puddles near windows, or the spot where you were sleeping when you get up in the morning. Remember, a happy cat is a warm cat so as the weather outside gets colder, be sure to have warm places available in your home to keep them comfortable.
Follow these 5 tips to provide a warm and safe environment for your cats during the cold winter months.
- Keep your cats indoors – the best thing you can do for your domesticated cats is to keep them inside your home at all times. This is especially important during the cold of winter but also best year round. Cats kept inside the home are protected from the elements and natural predators.
- Create warm spots for you cats – get a heated cat bed or two so that your cats have a heated spot to go to when feeling cold. These beds use heating pads specifically for cats that will keep them warm without concern for burns. If your cat has an unheated bed, keep it off the floor as floors get cool during the winter (that’s why we wear slippers).
- Put litter boxes in warm places – while it’s convenient (and less smelly) to keep litter boxes in basements or garages, if those places are cold during the winter, move litter boxes to warmer locations. Your cat is less likely to develop bad ‘outside-the-box’ behaviors and will be much more comfortable.
- Keep your cold medications out of reach – humans tend to use more medications during the winter months so ensure that you keep these medications out of your cat’s reach (during winter and year round). Medications such as Advil, Tylenol, and decongestants can cause seizures and death in you cat.
- Microchip your cats – even if your cats stay indoors all the time, an implanted microchip can be a life saver. Imagine your cat scooting out an open door during the winter months. A microchip will improve the chances of your cat being returned safely to you. If your cat does get outside, first check around the perimeter of your home (cats are likely to stay close to the home). If you still can’t find your cat, put food and water out to try to lure them back. You should also put a temporary shelter on a porch or just outside the home that a cold cat is likely to use.
Our cats are true family members and should be treated as such. Make sure that you’re doing your best to keep them safe and comfortable during the winter months and all year long. Your cats will thank you for it by providing you with years of love and affection.